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Panera Bread: 5 Things To Know About Restaurant’s New ‘Clean’ Bacon

Thu, September 22, 2016 12:07pm EDT by 4 Comments
What Is Panera Clean Bacon
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Panera Bread has announced that they will be serving ‘clean bacon’ nationwide as part of an initiative to improve the quality of its food. If you’re wondering what the heck that means, look no further!

Panera is cleaning up its act — or, rather, its bacon! Here’s everything you need to know about the chain’s new “clean bacon”.

1. The bacon no longer contains artificial additives.

The chain announced on Sept. 21 that they “cleaned out some of the junk” in their bacon, resulting in a “100% clean” processed breakfast meat. That means no more artificial additives used in the curing process — agents like sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate and other unpronounceable ingredients have been replaced with natural celery powder.

2. There are only six official ingredients in the new bacon.

The bacon now contains pork, water, sugar, sea salt, celery powder, and thyme extract, according to the chain’s official site. Nice!

3. Panera has launched the #Baconfess campaign to celebrate the new product.

Yes, cleanbacon.tumblr.com is a thing. You can head over to the site to make your own confession, and tattoo artists will turn it into a temporary tattoo! So cool.

4. The meat used in the bacon is reliably sourced.

The meat itself is sourced from pigs that are raised without antibiotics or gestation crates for pregnant sows and are on a vegetarian diet, according to the company.

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5. The new bacon complies with Panera’s “No-No List”.

Finally, Panera’s new bacon is “free of artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners and colors from artificial sources” that are prohibited by the company’s “No-No List”. The so-called list was launched in 2015, and includes over 150 additives like BHT, maltodextrin and sulfur dioxide that the chain has since removed from its products. Good riddance!

HollywoodLifers, what do you think of “clean bacon”? Tell us if it sounds good to you!